post christmas stuffing

Tottenham Hotspur Reserves  0    SCBC Reserves   5      (Half-time score : 0-3)
Premier League Reserve League South Venue :  Broadhall Way, Stevenage Borough FC 
Monday 10th January 2005 Kick Off :  19.00 p.m.
Crowd :   approx.  400 Referee :  R. Lee
Weather :  -  Dry, mild
Teams : - 
Tottenham Hotspur :


Richards (c)

O'Hara  (McKenna 59)

Silva Sousa  (Malcolm 70)

Unused subs:




Surman  (Gillett 76)

Tessem  (McGoldrick 76)

Unused subs:

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of
Tottenham Hotspur


Scorers : -  
Tottenham Hotspur 





Mills 15
Blackstock 25
Blackstock 37
Tessem 54
Surman 58

Cards : -  
Tottenham Hotspur 






Spotted at the game : -  
Geoff Thompson (FA Chairman)
John Alexander
Pat Holland
Chris Hughton
Hans Segers
Frank Arnesen
Kunle Odetoyinbo
Pat Jennings
Glenn Hoddle
Jez Moxey (Wolves Chief Exec.)
Paul Goddard (Ipswich Town)
Steve McCall (Ipswich Town)
Ray Wilkins (Millwall)
David Tuttle (Millwall)
Harry Redknapp (SCBC)
Jim Smith (SCBC)
Kevin Bond (SCBC)
Jimmy Nicholl (Aberdeen)
Billy Dearden 
Adrian Heath (Coventry City)
Colin Calderwood (Northampton Town)
David Kerslake (Northampton Town)
West Ham United scout
AFC Bournemouth scout
Match Report : -  

A mild evening welcomed those South Coast funsters, who proceeded to take advantage of our generosity to take a hatful of goals that must have impressed the watching managers and scouts from a number of clubs. Luckily for Spurs, the lack-lustre performance will not mean they will be beating a path to Frank Arnesen's door, so the loss might well have been tactical !!

The gathered galaxy of the management of a large cluster of clubs indicated that it was transfer window time and that they were looking for a loan.  Even Harry Redknapp came to see if he could steal a few more decent players from us, but might have been happier with what he has in reserve !!

The game started with Spurs kicking off and they lined up with new signings Limbersky and Hallfredsson in midfield to face a quite experienced SCBC side.  However, the sharpness of the players in the visiting side and their more precise passing showed that they may have had more football over the Christmas and New Year period.  The new faces might also have unsettled the balance of the team, as changes took place not long into the match, as Clive Allen despaired at what he was watching.

After just four minutes, Marton Fulop had our hearts in our mouths, as he dropped a routine cross from a corner, but the ball fell to Yahia and he shot wide of the crowded goalmouth.  SCBC passed the ball wide and attacked Tottenham down the flanks, but the midfield failed to produce a challenge to SCBC and the defence were pressed back by the attacks made upon them.  Matthew Oakley fired a shot well over from 25 yards, before Mark Yeates did the same at the other end, but with greater threat, as his shot swerved and dipped, skimming the bar on the way over.

As the ball was worked through the centre of the Tottenham defence, Baird drove in a low shot that was saved and in the 13th minute a long right wing cross to the far post, was headed back into the goalmouth and Richards was alert to knock the ball out for a corner before any SCBC player reacted.  From the corner, Mills won a free header, but put his header wide.  This warning was not heeded, as in the next minute, when another corner came in Mills made no mistake with a downward header to give the Saints the lead.

Some neat inter-passing opened Spurs up on the left side of the box and although Oakley got a shot in, it was simple for Fulop to hold it.  But then in the 24th minute, a through ball into the box found Blackstock latching onto it and slip the ball across Defendi as he closed him down and past Fulop for 2-0.

This all got a lot worse in the 36th minute when Blackstock showed the art of good forward play in getting onto a low cross in from the right wing to touch the ball in at the near post, getting ahead of his marker.

Spurs finished the half stronger, with Hallfredsson crossing from the left to the far post, where Limbersky waited and his shot was blocked.  Then, five minutes before the break, the Icelandic winger hit a shot that was deflected over the bar.

The half-time break saw a number of the managers making detailed notes, but I cannot imagine many were about the Spurs players.  Clive Allen had expressed his frustration by banging on the side of the dug-out, but there were no changes when the sides came out for the second half.

First-teamer Jo Tessem had been quiet in the first half, but eight minutes into the half, after Jamie O'Hara had given the ball away, he turned Rodrigo Defendi and struck a fierce shot that left Fulop well beaten for the fourth Saints goal from 20 yards.

With 57 minutes gone, the ball ricocheted off a Spurs defender and fell to Surman, who had the easy task of putting the ball away.  Well, it was easier than the decision the linesman had to make as he raised his flag to signify offside ... wrongly, as the ball had come off a Tottenham player and therefore, he could not have been offside !!

Chances were made at each end.  Yeates set up Bunjy, but his shot went wide.  Surman hit over from 25 yards, while the closest Spurs got was in the 67th minute, when Smith in the SCBC goal dropped an Ifil cross, but Barnard was ahead of the ball and the keeper grabbed it before the Spurs striker could get to it.

SCBC's sub McGoldrick caused all sorts of problems for the Tottenham defence.  He produced a neat step-over, but then curled his shot about 15 yards wide and in injury time, he hit a shot off the bar and over, with Blackstock pulling a save with Fulop's legs as the goalie came out to baulk him.

It was one of the poorest reserve performances I can recall in a long time and Allen will be upset that the side has started 2005 in this manner.  Having said that, the loss of players who were regulars in the side to loan moves or call-ups to the first team squad made this a lightweight side, but the development coach will be looking for an improvement when they travel to Crystal Palace for their next match in the reserve league.



Marco van Hip

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